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Week #963: BiXi Beer

Posted by Matt P. on 10.12.18 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: John C.

Restaurant Club: BiXi Beer
Date: Friday, September 15th @ 6:30pm
Where: 2515 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Contact: 773-904-7368 // www.www.bixi.beer
Cuisine: Asian Fusion / Beer
Price Range: $$-$$$
Reviews: Yelp (4.0 Stars, 76 Reviews)

New multi-level brewpub in Logan Square, from the people who brought you Owen & Engine and Fat Willy’s Rib Shack. This one has an Asian theme, extending both to the food (egg rolls, bao, curry, etc.) and the beer (ingredients include jasmine rice and Szechuan peppercorns). Krista and I enjoyed a meal on their rooftop last month and have been eager to go back.

They don’t take reservations, but let’s aim for 6:30 PM. (I’ll plan to arrive a bit early in case seating is an issue. It’s a pretty big space, though, so I’m hoping it won’t be.)

If you’re interested in joining, please let me know by Thursday evening.

BiXi Beer

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Week #962: Eris Brewery and Cider House

Posted by Matt P. on 10.12.18 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Jon M.

Restaurant Club: Eris Brewery and Cider House
Date: Friday, September 7th @ 6:30pm
Where: 4240 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60641 (Map)
Contact: 773-943-6200 // www.erischicago.com
Cuisine: American Contemporary / Beer / Cider
Price Range: $$
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 96 Reviews)

I’d like to say 6:30, but Matt Priest is coordinating with a K College Alumni Magazine Photographer so the time may slide around idk.
Join us won’t you?

Eris

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Week #961: Takito Kitchen

Posted by Matt P. on 10.12.18 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Katie F.

Restaurant Club: Takito Kitchen
Date: Friday, August 31st @ 6:30pm
Where: 2013 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622
Contact: 773-687-9620 // www.takitokitchen.com
Cuisine: Mexican / Latin American
Price Range: $$
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 483 Reviews)

I have a reservation for 8 on Friday, August 31 @ 6:30pm but that can be adjusted as necessary.

Please let me know by Thursday evening if you wish to join so I can update the number with them. :)

The long story:

I recently went down to Mexico for a wedding and took a cooking class when I was down there. Did you know that Mexican cuisine is UNESCO recognized for its intangible cultural heritage? https://ich.unesco.org/en/RL/traditional-mexican-cuisine-ancestral-ongoing-community-culture-the-michoacan-paradigm-00400.

Well, apparently the traditional way to make tortillas involves mashing old corn into a paste and mixing in an alkaine solution to release the nutritional properties of the old corn (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nixtamalization). Now I don’t have a citation for this, but the old lady cooking the class said that the mafia in Mexico insists that all major tortillera companies use Maseca to make their tortillas. Maseca is an industrialized corn flour product that greatly speeds up the tortilla making process but some feel reduces the flavor / changes the texture of old school tortillas. She also said that the tortillerias in Chicago are some of the only places you can get fresh corn mash made the old school way on a commercial scale.

Soooooo…. I went to the tortillera’s website that she specifically mentioned (http://elpopotortillas.com/) and looked up restaurants that use their fresh masa to find this week’s pick. Let’s judge their tortillas!

Takito Kitchen

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Week #960: Panino’s Pizzeria – Evanston

Posted by Matt P. on 10.12.18 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Dave

Restaurant Club: Panino’s Pizzeria – Evanston
Date: Friday, August 24th @ pm
Where: 1968 Dempster St., Evanston, IL 60202
Contact: 847-475-6200 // www.evanston.paninospizzeria.com
Cuisine: Pizza / Italian
Price Range: $$
Reviews: Yelp (3.5 Stars, 121 Reviews)

Let’s go to Panino’s! The Evanston location – one of my favorite gluten-free pizzas, they also have entrees such as gnocchi and other Italian favorites.

For some reason this one only has 3.5 stars compared to the City of Chicago location at Broadway and Waveland which has 4.0 stars.Looks like a lot of bad delivery problems – lucky us, we’ll be dining in!

Let’s go for 6 p.m. but I’m flexible. Can pick up one or two people from nearest CTA or Metra station if you like – my office is right by Davis Street purple line and UP-N.

Let me know by Friday noon. Temperance Beer is actually just behind the strip mall, probably takes a two minute walk…too bad no one on this likes fresh, tasty, local beer. Let me know – we could meet there at 5 or so, or push back Panino to allow a little time at Temperance? Go after? Take Panino on the road to the brewery? (I’d have to confirm if they have high chairs before we tried that.)

Panino's Pizzeria - Evanston

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Week #959: The Warbler

Posted by Matt P. on 10.12.18 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Matt E.

Restaurant Club: The Warbler
Date: Friday, August 17th @ 6:30pm
Where: 4535 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
Contact: 773-681-0950 // www.thewarblerchicago.com
Cuisine: American Contemporary
Price Range: $$$
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 122 Reviews)

Hi Folks,

I’m taking this week for Alex. Melissa and I will be sans kiddo on Friday so I’m going with something a little less kid-friendly.

The Warbler is a little hard to get into, so based on the group size we may end up at sister restaurant (and previous RC pick) Gather.

Please let me know by tomorrow if you’re in.

The Warbler

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